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tough crowd. a line has been drawn in the political sand on what could become the hot button issue in the campaign. what to do with medicare. >> you might feel a few rain drops when you head out this morning. tom is tracking a little wet weather in the area right now. but he says the real stuff won't arrive until later today. right, tom? >> yeah, we saw this on the left of your screen, fairfax county parkway. not much rain there yet. it's about to move in though. we've got a pocket of moderate rain just now coming in to central fairfax county and farthest south. it's raining pretty hard right on the prince william and stafford county line. from southern prince william county from wood bridge to dale city in quantico, moderate downpours along 95 now. this is advancing north. into alexandria and arlington. her happens in another about another 15 minutes. into the district after that, perhaps about 15 minutes later. about half an hour from now we're going to get this moderate rain coming right in to washington. farther west, getting some of
that now in loudoun county and across the potomac into northern montgomery from poolsville up toward right near the fredrik county line and germantown. that's passing farther north into fredrik county, maryland. points south and east and northwest are generally in the 70s. day planner for this tuesday, 7:00 a.m., wet and mild in the 70s. a little sun breaking out midday during the afternoon into the upper 80s. then late afternoon into the evening, could get storms. some of them could produce some damaging winds. could continue into this emping. evening planner is in ten minutes. first 4 traffic right know with danella. good morning. >> thanks, tom. you know, as you mentioned, traveling along i-66 is going to be a wet compute and a bit slow already. live look as you make your way past suddenly road. eastbound, sluggish. delays continue as you make your way to centerville. then a little bit of a break. i want to show you fairfax county parkway. as you start making your way past this area, you're going to
be heavy on the brakes again. no accidents just yet. no major delays. that's good. please give yourself extra time. it's going to be a slow trip. especially on i-95 in virginia. i-66. look at i-270 because starting to slow down here as well. live look at falls road. as you make your way southbound. we soog some volume here as well as wet pavement. aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. the future of gambling in prince george's county could be decided today. maryland's house of delegates will take up a bill that would bring a casino to the county and table games to all maryland sinos. final vote could come as early as tonight. they could approve a new version of the legislation yesterday. it would lower taxes that maryland live! and a new casino planned in baltimore would have to pay. that would help them cope with the possible loss of business that they would face if a new casino is built in prince george's county. a another new amendment allowed the raceway to make it big for las vegas style gam bring there.
the national harbor would be a likely spot. the senate has to agree to the changes the house made to that bill. and the house could also vote today on a bill to hold dog owners liable when their animals bite somebody. house committee passed a very different version of that measure and the senate approved last week. this version would hold dog owners liable if their pets attack someone while they're running loose. the senate version held owners responsible even if their dogs were on b a leash and even if they had never bitten anyone in the past. the race for the white house will once again run through key battleground states today. mitt romney are coampaign in oho and obama will be in iowa. he saw how a historic drought devastated iowa. the president toured the farm and announced the government would buy up meat and fish to help ranchers and farmers. mitt romney meanwhile campaigned
across florida yesterday. romney's running mate got a quite a different reception in iowa. protesters tried to interrupt paul ryan as he spoke at the iowa state fair. demonstrators and democratic leaders accusing ryan and romney of threatening to destroy medicare. romney on the other hand says it's president obama who is the real threat. >>. >> what's gutsy about giving millionaires another tax break? what's gutsy about gutting medicare, medicaid, education? what's gutsy? >> but my plan for medicare is very similar to his plan for medicare, which is do not change the program for current retirees or near retireeses, but do not do what the president's done and that is to cut $700 billion out of the current program. >> some republicans are worried about running on paul ryan's medicare plan. in fact, one senate candidate in montana is actually running against it. one of the men rumored to be on romney's short list for
possible running mates will deliver the key note speech at the republican national convention. republican officials confirm new jersey governor chris christie will be the speaker. we just learned that florida senator marko rubio who was also considered a possible vp pick will introduce mitt romney at the convention. police are trying to solve a mystery. firefighters found a woman unconscience. the fire broke out yesterday afternoon in a complex in cheverly. it is not clear if the woman died from the fire. homicide investigators are looking into the case and the cause of the fire remains under investigation as well. 6:05. montgomery county police need your help in the search for a ripes e rapist. police say this man is considered a possible suspect in a rape that happened in the green farm conservation park in gaithersburg. that attack happened on july 9th. police say they believe the man is known to visit that area.
if you have any information, please contact police or crime sorvelers. a fredericksburg woman still shaken after someone tried of abduct her while she was running. 22-year-old was jogging around 8:00 saturday morning on highland road when a man in a car stopped to ask a question. she told police she couldn't understand what he was saying so she walked up to the car. that's when the man grabbed her, partially pulling her inside. she managed to break free and run away. no word on the that man has been found. fairfax county public schools is repaying $1 million to the federal government over a grant application lawsuit. the grant application was filed in 2000 to fund the gear up program at glass glow middle school. the program was designed to encourage at risk students to prepare for college. the fcp discovered that signatures and other information on the application had been falsified. it terminated the grant and self reported the claim to the department of education. a decorated marine from fairfax was killed in afghanistan over the weekend. gunnery sergeant ryan died
during combat operations in afghanistan's helmand province. he was a 12-year marine corps veteran and purple heart recipient. he was lrs awarded four navy marine corps achievement medals, two combat action ribbons and four good conduct medals. he was 31 years old. it is now 6:07. 75 degrees. some luxury carmakers are fired up this morning. the new crash test that disputes just how safe they really ar plus, a wet start to the day with storms threatening, as well. weather and traffic on the ones. and next, an earworm is not something you need to see a doctor for. the unusual new words that are
sexting, gastropub, bucket list and mancave made the list. earworm, which is a song that gets stuck in your head even when it's not on. flextarian, a vegetarian that sometimes eats meat or fish. and toxic, and a new definition of underwater which now also means owing more on your mortgage than the property is worth. there's a couple of on there we didn't want to say on the air. >> you can look it up and see some stuff that has been around for a while and getting. a-ha moment. >> i think we should add zing, an aaron gilchrist original. >> probably not but i use it a lot. you're right. 11 minutes after 6:00. some of us are seeing a bit of rain falling right now. tom? >> right now getting some moderate rain. storm 4 radar showing that. these areas in the yellows around orange. right now moving out of prince william county into fairfax county. in fact, right near dale city there may be a little thunder and lightning as well as near
wood bridge. and farther north and west of there it's raining moderately into fairfax, arlington now, northwest washington, and that's going to be moving into montgomery county shortly. day planner, sun rise, 6:21. wet and mild next couple of hours. noontime, sun breaking out. upper 80s by mid afternoon. could get storms after that. 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. there could be storms producing damaging winds. seven-day outlook and severe risk zone is in ten minutes. danella, how is traffic now? >> chopper 4 is flying where it's dry over the beltway. this is outer loob of the beltway and georgia avenue. outer loop looks good right now. travel speed not 3w5d at bad at 54 mile per hour. past duke street, travel lanes are open. if you're traveling on i-95 in virginia, there's where you're seeing a lot of rain coming down in this area. and it is slow for you already. here's a live look at the occoquan northbound to the
beltway. it's a slow trip. travel speed from prince william parkway, 41 miles per hour. right now that drive is taking around 19 minutes. please give yourself extra time today. >> danella, thank you. it is 6:13. why security experts say a guy who is just looking for some help may have tipped off terrorists. and a wrong-way driver dodging traffic. wait until you hear how far he drove in the wrong direction on a major highway. and next, the new crash test that is calling out some very
i'm barack obama and i approve this message seen this? mitt romney claiming the president would end welfare's work requirements? the new york times calls it 'blatantly false' the washington post says: "the obama administration is not removing the bill's work requirements at all." in fact, obama's getting states to move twenty percent more people from welfare to work. and president clinton's reaction to the romney ad? it's just "not true." get the facts.
welcome back. 6:16. new and tougher crash tests are demonstrating the need for more safety feature, even on some of the safest car tons road. insurance institute for highway safety retooled the front end collision test to address what's happening in about a fourth of head-on collisions. instead of full frontal impact, only a quarter of the car slams into the structure. the institute says the new test shows that side airbags designed for direct impact may not go off in time or extend far enough to protect people inside the car. >> these crashes began, there is some strong interaction that helps absorb the energy of the crash before these forces reach the occupant in the car. >> of the 11 mid size luxury cars tested only the acura tl,
involve so s-60 and infinney g learned good rating. lexus is and es and audi's a-4 and mercedes c class all rated poor. audi spokesman says the a-4 demonstrated excellent record. mercedes disgreet with the results. there has been no response yet for lexus. nonluxury cars will be tested next. one of the largest airports investigating an embarrassing security breach which has terror experts concerned. a jet skier managed to bypass jfk's airport $100 million security system over the weekend when his jet ski broke down he swam to shore, climbed an eight-foot fence, then walked past motion sensors, security cameras across two runways and right into a terminal where, dripping wet, he asked an employee for help. >> our adversaries watch video. our adversaries watch the news. this is a lesson learned for them. they are constant li evaluating our security situation, they're looking at ways to breach it. >> the federal government does
require airports to secure their perimeters but it's up to the airport to decide how best to do that. the man is charge with criminal trespassing. homeland security sin vest gating complaints by their own tsa agents about a program they say leads to racial profiling. they're called chat downs. tsa ats posed casual questions in hopes of spotting deception or hostility from passengers that could raise a red flag. but some ats say their co-workers are specifically targeting minorities. the program has only been in effect for a year in boston and detroit. this morning we know what to started a deadly shootout near texas a&m university in college station. overnight community members held a candle light vigil for the three people who died. a constable was evicting a man near a home yesterday afternoon when the man opened fire. the shooter and constable were killed in a 30-minute shootout. a third man was also killed. a woman and three officers were injured. at the time campus officials sent a university alert warning
fobt a active shooter two blocks from campus. many details of the colorado movie theater shooting case will remain sealed. a group of 21 news organizations, including nbc universal, nbc 4's parent company, asked a range of court records surrounding james holmes' trial be open. they asked a gag order against the university of colorado where holmes was a student be lifted. judge william sylvester denied most of the requests saying it could harm holmes' right to a fair trial. holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others at the midnight premier of "the dark knight rises." a lawyer for zimmermann says his client is nearly broke. his client's legal defense fund has about $55,000. he is asking a judge to declare zimmerman broke. the lawyer says it is expensive to keep zimmerman and his wife in hiding. zimmerman is the they were hood watch volunteer charge with
killing trayvon martin in florida. he claims self-defense. 6:19. this morning we're hearing the 911 call after an alleged violent confrontation between former nfl star chad ochocinco johnson and his wife. the incident happened saturday night. john's wife said he head butted her during an argument. her neighbor asked the police to come to the community without their sirens on. >> very high profile person. we would like to keep this as quiet as possible. >> vh-1 pulled the show based on johnson and his wife evelyn lozada. the show was supposed to be a spin yuf of lozada's current show "basketball wives." miami dolphins fired johnson. he faces up to a year in jail if convicted. 81-year-old man caught on video driving the wrong way can no longer drive. you can see drivers swerving out of the way as the man drove his car and camper down a busy highway in australia.
the man drove the wrong way for nearly eight miles until he stopped. he unknowingly suffered a stroke and was confused. the judge took away the man's driver's license and fined him $1500. >> glad nobody got hurt. hope he's okay, too. 21 minutes now after 6:00. and we've been dealing with some rain drops falling across the area this morning. and as we look live outside right now, tom, you're still anticipating maybe heavier rain before the morning is over. >> it's going to move right into washington here in five minutes. low gray cloud cover over the monument. live view. areas inial low and orange, that's where it's coming down pretty hard now from prince william county all across most of fairfax into arlington. this is just about to cross the potomac. move right into washington. farther north, pockets of moderate rain from bethesda and potomac and gaithersburg up to the frederick county line and fred dr
frederick county. sweeping over the metro area in the next half hour. all the areas in the yellow zone, under a risk of damaging winds. 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., strong storms to the eastern shore, points north and east. and later today, highs in the upper 80s. might get sun around midday. the storms after that into this evening. tomorrow, partly sunny. less humid. upper 80s. might get afternoon storms. beautiful summer day, thursday, low humidity. friday afternoon, might get storms. right now, saturday, sunday, monday, partly sunny. small answer of shower. danell cha, how is traffic? >> traveling on 95, from exit 22 from the beltway, traveling towards 50, even continuing as you make your way towards southeast in both directions. right now not seeing any accidents for you or major delays just yet. also checking other roadways in prince george's county. 4, 301, 5 as well look good. i'll give you a live look as you travel northbound. northbound lanes of branch avenue at 301 as well as southbound. you are getting a little more
volume as you head northbound but right now you're not jammed and i'm not seeing any accidents. but hurry and head out of the doorway right now. it is just about 6:23. 74 degrees. remembering a magazine icon. what she did that forever changed the checkout line at the supermarket. later this morning, egg on her face. what gold we gotta sell the car.
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good morning. i'm eun yang inside our comfortable dry studio. >> no surprise there. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist out on the storm 4 weather deck. and drizzle no more. what we're dealing with this morning, it is full fledge rain coming down right now. we've got happening here in upper northwest d.c. live picture of the radar there. tom kierein is out here braving the elements with me as he is every morning. tom, this is rain that's going to be picking up in intensity for a lot of folks over the next little while, right? >> yeah. that area where you saw the yellows and oranges is coming in pretty hard. in fact, right now we've got a gray sky. a bit of a blustery wind here. and that rain is drilling down. here's a close-up view of the radar. areas in orange and yellows, raining moderately in washington, most of fairfax county and down 95. just east of wood bridge. there's one heavy down poor that area in red. they're also getting some -- maybe a little bit of thilightn
with that. farther north, much of montgomery county, pockets of moderate rain and up into frederick county and howard county in maryland. and tempetures around the entire region. generally in the 70s. shenandoah valley in the mountains in the 60s. here's the day planner for the day. we'll have a wet and mild next hour or so. and then by noontime, a little sun breaking out in the 80s and mid to late afternoon, that's when we could get some strong thunderstorms. some of those storms between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. could be producing damaging winds. may continue into this evening. i'll have your evening planner coming up in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic now. good morning. >> i norm aally envy you on the patio but not today. as you are traveling the beltway outer loop and new hampshire avenue. it's going to be a slow trip for you already. no accidents. that's the good news. you are pretty much jammed as you make your way from new hampshire avenue, very slow to
georgia avenue. underspeed as you drive towards i-270. 37 miles per hour. you can't see aaron. he's become in threatening me with his wet umbrella. that drive is going to take you 15 minutes. i-95 in virginia. you're slow the entire way as you make your way from frederick. stop and go for you. it is wet. you're underspeed 34 miles per hour from prince william parkway to the beltway. that drive is going to take you 22 minutes. eun, watch out for that umbrella. >> thanks for the warning. it is 6:33. this morning a mother in prince george's county wants to know who shot and killed her 19-year-old son and why. alfred went to tgi fridays thursday night to watch the redskins game with friends. he got into an argument inside the restaurant and walked out. his say someone then shot him. his friends drove him to the hospital where he later died. >> i just want the killer to come forward. i want to know the reason why. >> my brother was one of the
most friendliest people that you could ever meet out here. >> his family says he recently earned a degree from a vocational college and was looking for a job. so far, police have not made any arrests in this case. a case of alleged police brutality in laurel is now getting the attention of the naacp. cellphone video was taken of the incident. it shows 27-year-old williams being led away in handcuffs outside the laurel station bar and grill after being accused of disorderly conduct. you can see it appears the officer slaps or punches him at least threetimes. last night the prince george's county chapt ert of the naacp visited laurel's town hall. the mayor refused to comment. the city faces a $3 million lawsuit. this morning investigators trying to figure out if a diplomat's daughter was in a crosswalk when a metrobus hit her. she was struck last night near wisconsin and jennifer street in northwest washington. she was conscious and alert after the accident. her family says she's the daughter of an argentinean diplomat.
investigators are still trying to determine what caused an assisted living center in stratford county to go up in flames. this is what it looked like yesterday afternoon at the facility on whispering pines lane. the fire reduced the building to a smoldering pile of rubble. no one was inside when the fire broke out. this morning, three men are a i live after falling three stories from a church if men were working on a church under construction in evergreen mills -- on evergreen mills road yesterday. they were working on the beams that support the roof when they collapsed. the heavy beams trapped one man. he was flown to the hospital. a second worker also hurt but they are both expected to recover. a third man on the roof actually survived the fall without any injuries at all. this morning some people in culpeper are under a water boil advisory. it's because a 12-inch water main broke near the safe way on blue ridge avenue. if you live in the southern part of town, boil your tap water before drinking or cooking with it. officials hope to resolve the problem by tomorrow. new this morning, a strong
earthquake struck off the pacific coast of russia. the u.s. geological survey reports a 7.7 magnitude quake hit at 11:00 p.m. our time. that quake was felt as far away as northern japan. so far, no reports of damage or ji injuries or either country. no risk of a tsunami. 73 degrees. still to come, forget high speed rail, the plane that could take you from here to london in an hour. plus, how paul ryan handled his first taste of heckling. >> you're setting me back, gabby. >> i'm sorry. late night teasing. why the first lady gave gabby douglas the business. when the morning drizzle could turn into an out right down pour. down [ male announcer ] the choice on debt...
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new study suggests chocolate could improve your mind. researchers at mars, the chocolate -- candy company, studied 90 elderly adults. they were given a beverage that had high, low, or intermediate amounts of cocoa every day for eight weeks. researchers found the more cocoa they consumed the higher their cognitive scores. doctors say more studies are needed to prove cocoa improves brain function. >> at this rate, imagine how smart my mind will be at 90. i consume a lot of chocolate. time for weather and traffic on the ones. raining out there, tom? >> yeah, you can see that wet sky. live view from nbc 4 hd city camera. right now at 6:41 around the region, we got mod rate to heavy rain in fairfax county. the district, moving into montgomery county. pockets in the orange, and the
greens. just some light rain. but it is raining moderately now in alexandria and arlington and south of alexandria. one heavy downpour, area of red. another heavy downpour, tacoma park. and farther north and west, few pockets of moderate showers in montgomery county. this is moving to the north. day planner, there's that wet sigh over washington now. going to be wet and mild, 7:00 a.m. temperatures, mid 70s. by noontime, a little skun ought to break out, in the mid 80s. upper 80s mid afternoon. late afternoon and into the evening, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. where we could get some storms that could be severe with damaging winds. then after that, by 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, things should settle down. smaller chance of an additional shower or thunder shower. upper 70s by late evening and by midnight. a look at the severe storm risk zone and the seven-day outlook. that's coming up in ten minutes.
now, danella, how's traffic? if you're traveling from prince william parkway northbound, heading to i-95 in virginia, you're going to see police activity because of an accident. it's moved to your right shoulder lane. you're also just seeing delays. in fact, a slow ride from prince william parkway to the beltway right now. heading over to the dulles toll road. looks better in both directions. not seeing any major volume. i am seeing some wet roadways. going to slow you down. from now, from hunter mill road to the beltway, 54 miles per hour. that drive taking seven minutes. over to the rails, couple of delays. brunswick east train, 11-minute delay. six-minute delay, brunswick train east 72. >> thank you. 6:42. it is shaping up to be a busy day in annapolis. maryland's house of delegates will take up a bill to expand gambling in the state and a final vote on the measure could come as earl laz tonight. house committee approved the legislation yesterday. it lowered the taxes of maryland live! and new casino in
baltimore would have to pay to help them cope with the possible loss of business they could face in f. a new casino is built. the house could also vote today on a new bill to hold dog owners liable when their animals bite someone. house committee passed a different version of the measure than the senate approved last week. this version would hold dog owners liable if their pets attack someone while running loose. the senate version held owners responsible even if their dogs were on a leash and don't have a history of being aggressive. even more americans jobless. >> a pro-mitt romney super pac is paying more than $10 million to run this ad in virginia and other battleground states. that's the single largest investment restore our future has made this this election. the injury is apparently -- the jury is still out as to whether romney made a good choice with his vp pick. 39% of americans see paul ryan as an excellent or pretty good
choice. that's according to a new "usa today" gallop poll. medicare and the budget are proving to be the two most crucial and controversial issues on the campaign trail right now. just ask paul ryan. the presumptive republican vp nominee was heckled yesterday at the iowa state fair. protesters and democratic leaders are acueing ryan and romney of threatening to destroy medicare. romney, on the other hand, says it's president obama who is the real threat. >> now, look, what's gutsy about giving millionaires another tax break? what's gutsy -- what's gutsy about gutting medicare, medicaid, education? what's gutsy? >> but my plan for medicare is very similar to his plan for medicare, which is do not change the program for current retirees
or near retirees, but do not do what the president's done and that is to cut $700 billion out of the current program. >> some republicans are worried about running on paul ryan's medicare plan. in fact, one senate candidate in montana is actually running against it. the romney campaign is not commenting yet on reports the candidate held an event hosted by a convicted drug trafficker. the associated press is reporting the white house hopeful was at a miami juice bar owned by convicted drug dealer. the man pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine more than a decade ago and served three years in prison. florida senator marco rubio will play a prominent role, introducing romney. that is not marco rubio. the key note speaker is christi. the key note speech is considered the highest profile spot for someone not accepting a nomination. president obama delivered the address at the democratic national convention in 2004 when
he was a senator. 6:45. this morning homicide investigators looking into a death of a woman found in a fire in prince george's county. that fire broke out yesterday afternoon at an apartment in cheverly. by the time firefighters got to the woman, she was unconscious. she was pronounced dead at the hospital. it's not clear if the woman died from that fire. the cause of the fire is under investigation. montgomery county police are asking for your help in search of a rapist. take a close look. police say this is a sketch of the man they consider a possible suspect in a rape that happened in the green farm conservation park in gaithersburg. that attack happened on july 9th. police say they believe the man is known for to visit the area. if any information, please contact police or crime solvers. police in fredericksburg are looking for a man who dritried abduct a woman on her morning run. she was jogging around 8:00 saturday morning on highland road when a man in a car stopped to ask a question. she couldn't understand what she was saying so she walked up to the car. that's when police say the man
grabbed her partially pulling her inside. she managed to break free and run away. no word on the that man has been found. a decorated marine from fairfax was killed in afghanistan over the weekend. he died during combat operations in afghanistan's helmand province. he was a 12-year marine corps veteran and purple heart recipient. he was awarded four navy marine corps achievement medal, two combat action ribbons. he was 31 years old. fairfax county public schools is repaying $1 million to the federal government because of a forged grant application. the application was filed in 2,000. it was to encourage at risk children to prepare for college. signatures were falsified. it then terminated the grant and reported the claim to the department of education. the lake braddock community is rallying around a baseball
player paralyzed while on vacation in hawaii. nick balenger arrive at med star national regional hospital yesterday to a chorus of cheers from friends and family. the ambulance stopped so he could soak in some of the sounds there. they had been on vacation for just a day when nick did a plip in the waves and then landed badly. he had no feeling below his shoulders. this weekend, though, his family got some pretty great news. >> we hadn't seen any movement chest down since the accident happened. and so he started moving his knees, i think both kneeses, and i saw it myself yesterday. so it's like, okay, this is a great -- it's a great sign. and his physical therapist was saying it was amazing. >> in august, two of nick's baseball teammates used donated frequent flier miles to travel to hawaii to encourage him. the plastic is popular these days. more people are reaching for the credit card when it's time to pay. courtney reagan has that story. good morning. >> good morning. good to see you. you're right, americans are
wracking up more credit card debt but are still being pretty good at paying off the bill. average credit card debt rose 6% this spring to $4,971. late payments are those 90 days or more are still hovering near an 18-year low. many consumers are taking steps to save money and appear more willing to make credit card bills a priority over mortgages and car payments. one likely contributor to the higher debt, banks are issuing more cards, especially to people with less than stellar credit histories. rain and cooler temperatures in the midwest may have slowed crops from deteriorating further but analysts say it may not make much difference. the usda says in 18 states that primarily grow corn, 51% of the crop is in poor or very poor condition due to the severe drought. but 38% of the nation's soybean crops are in poor condition. and as we've been talking about, you may see those prices at the grocery store even in some restaurants increase as a result of the shortage. back to you. >> which will lead to more
credit card use, of course. >> there you go. >> all right. thanks, courtney reagan. have a nice day. >> you, too. coming up on 6:50. this morning we're getting answers about what led to a wide spread 911 outage in virginia after june's derecho. according to a report by verizon, drained battery, faulty generators and a failure by staff to fully explore the problem led to that five-day outage. verizon also admitted it treated the out oonlg in fairfax county as a service complaint rather than an emergency. a report detailing the problems will be presented to the washington council of governments tomorrow. 6:51. time for weather and traffic on the ones. raining already. we saw you outside with your umbrella. >> still need the umbrella for everyone, right, tom? >> coming down pretty hard. you can see the view behind us there. that's the gray, wet sky over washington. that's a live view from our nbc4 hd city camera. and you can see the pavement's all wet there across the 14th street bridge, traffic is moving slowly.
and we've got 77 degrees at reagan national. it is humid. dew point is at 73. humidity very high. it's going to stay high throughout the day. now, over the last couple of hours we've seen this rain advancing southwest to northeast. the pockets of the yellow and orange, that's where it's coming down hardest. it is right now in washington and right around the beltway from right near it crosses wilson bridge and from 95 all of the way around to 66 up to 270, that whole part of the beltway b and inside the beltway is raining pretty hard. farther north, it is raining moderately in silver spring and right near 95 where that meets the beltway. the eastern side of the beltway, prince george's county, just light rain. enough to make the pavement wet. most areas to the east of 95 not getting much rain but areas north and west of 95, moderate rain. raining moderately from near germantown up towards damascus, crossing into western howard county. there's one moderate shower just north of leesburg as well in loudoun county.
all the areas in yellow, this is the severe risk zone later today, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., northern virginia, the district, just about all of maryland, eastern shore points north and east, may be flight delays between washington and boston throughout the afternoon. right now we're in the 70s. most of the region. although it's in the 60s farther west at north shenandoah valley into the mountains. and for the day, day planner, by 8:00 a.m., linger scattered showers. it's going to be tapering off. 70s. by noontime, someone is breaking out. low to mid 80s. low and humid. storms may be getting going. 3:00 p.m., 4:00 to 8:00, could be severe. drop down into the mid 80s. down in the 70s by midnight. then tomorrow, partly sunny. upper 80s and a little less humid. might get an isolated storm in the afternoon. beautiful day thursday. near 90 again on friday. maybe afternoon storms. right now looking partly sunny saturday, sunday, monday. chance of showers each day.
the rain is definitely slowing people down. it's that time of morning so you are seeing some congestion, even if your road is not soaking wet just yet. traveling 50, starting to hit the brakes on east west highway. and the outer loop of the beltway, tom mentioned the rain in montgomery county coming down right now, and you are slow. in fact, as you make your way past college park, you're driving just 12 miles per hour. it's very sluggish. no accidents in that area. also want to show you 395, slow there as well. really from the beltway, here's a live look at duke as you make your way to the 14th street bridge. it's wet and very slow. again, check for accidents on 395, not seeing any. definitely seeing delays. you're at about 33 miles per hour. 20 minutes so far. at least 20 minutes to get from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. it's something "star wars" fans have dreamed of for a long time. today the air force will try to
make super speedy flight a reality. take a look. this is the x-51 wave rider. 25-foot long unmanned vehicle can travel at mach-6, more than 4500 miles per hour. put that in a little perspective for you here. it's fast enough to fly from new york to london in less than an hour. this is part of the pentagon's testing of hyper sonic flight. that technology could eventually allow missiles or airplanes carrying troops or cargos to fly to the other side of the world in minutes rather than hours. today's flight expected to only last about five minutes. i don't think i would want to travel it. >> i was going to say, how long before people can travel that the speed? the winner of the women's shot put at the london olympics is stripped of her gold medal. belarus tested positive for a banned steroid. new zealand's valerie adams will now get the gold. the bronze medalist becomes the silver medalist and the athlete that finished fourth now gets the bronze. the olympic flag is now in
rio de janeiro. that signals the official start to the preparations for the summer games. over the next four years that include more than 200 projects. two-time olympic gold medalist gabby douglas made a golden appearance on the "tonight show." she wore a gold metallic skirt and excess access orrize with her two gold medals. he noticed her last name was usa gold. only misstep here, douglas admitted in indulging in fast food. oops. the person sitting next to her, healthy eating advocate, first lady michelle obama. >> how did you celebrate, what did you do? >> we didn't have time to celebrate. it was team finals and had to turn the page, all around finals and event finals after that. after the competition, i splurged on egg mcmuffin at mcdonald's. >> egg mcmuffin? >> gabby, we don't, don't encourage him. >> 16-year-old is the third con
seccive u.s. gymnast and first african-american to win the all around title. she and her teammates gave the u.s. the first olympic title in women's gymnastics since 1996. >> she's so beautiful and that smile. it's hard to say no to her. >> last look at the forecast? >> prepare for a wet morning. need an umbrella as you head out. we will have the showers off and on until the next couple of hours. maybe storms this afternoon. back to you. >> thank you, tom. that is "news4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back in 25 minutes with weather, traffic, and breaking news. back here tomorrow morning at 4:28. until then m a great day. see